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Installing LinuxPPC-2000 on the IBM RS/6000 43P model 7248

Ingvar Hagelund

v1.31 August 2. 2000

This document describes the installation of LinuxPPC-2000 on the IBM RS/6000 43P model 7248 series.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 Legal stuff
1.2 Disclaimer and scope
1.3 A short overview on the 43P 7248-133 and Linux for PowerPC
1.4 What is the matter, why not use the original install procedure?
1.5 Overview on what to do

2. Setting up the hardware with SMS

2.1 Where is the BIOS?
2.2 How to use the SMS
2.3 What settings to use
2.4 More info about the hardware

3. Get the installation files

3.1 Buying a CD
3.2 Download with FTP
3.3 Network installation

4. Make boot floppies

4.1 What floppies to make
4.2 How to make the floppies

5. Get the machine to boot and start the installation program

5.1 Boot the machine
5.2 Make some hacks

6. Install the system

6.1 The LinuxPPC-2000 installer
6.2 Partition the hard disk(s)
6.3 Continue installation
6.4 Select and install packages
6.5 Make a root password and exit

7. Boot the system

8. Set up networking

8.1 Support for the internal ethernet adapter
8.2 Configuration files
8.3 Set IP address and netmask
8.4 Set hostname and gateway
8.5 Nameserver specification
8.6 The hosts file
8.7 Restart the network

9. Update the kernel and install X

9.1 Why update the kernel
9.2 What files to download
9.3 Unpacking and patching the source
9.4 Configuring the kernel
9.5 Compiling and installing the kernel
9.6 Setup X

10. Set up sound

10.1 Support for the internal sound adapter
10.2 Configure the kernel
10.3 Configuring the modules
10.4 Reboot and pray

A. Resources

A.1 Other resources on linuxppc and 43P boxes
A.2 Installing other flavours of Linux on the 7248

B. Todo

C. Thanks

D. Using cfdisk to partition your harddisk

D.1 Harddisk names
D.2 Harddisk partitions
D.3 Starting cfdisk
D.4 Using cfdisk

E. More on partitioning

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